2019-2020 Elders

Mark McClain
Mark McClain

Mark has attended Grace since 1995 and has served as an elder for 11 years.

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He received a BA in Economics from Point Loma Nazarene University (San Diego) and an MBA from UCLA. For the past 27 years, he has worked in the high tech industry for large companies, like IBM and HP, as well as start-ups, like Tivoli and Waveset. He is currently the founder and CEO of a venture-backed software company called SailPoint Technologies. Mark has been happily married to Marjorie (Marj) for over 27 years and has three children and one grand daughter.

“My hope and prayer is that we will all become committed followers (disciples) of Christ. Living by faith, loving God passionately, truly loving others and sacrificing our desires to serve them—these are the things that will force people to ask us “why?” My prayer is that our lives will reflect Christ’s character so people who are looking for the Truth will find themselves attracted to Him because they see Him in us.”

Matt Pennies, Elder

Matt has attended Grace since 2008 and is serving his first year as an elder.

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He graduated in 1999 from Southwest Texas State University with a degree in political science and currently works as an organizational development consultant. Matt and his wife, Amy, have been married for almost 15 years and have three daughters and one son.

“We have been so blessed to be here—ministries like MOPS and the incredible women that welcomed and encouraged Amy while we had young children and a busy travel schedule, to the blessing that is our Life Group, to the gifted teachers who serve here—we have been poured into at Grace. I share our collective passion for relational discipleship and hope we continue to reach out and love the people around us like Jesus does and that we encourage and grow each other in a way that honors Him.”

Bill Schreyer
Bill Schreyer, Elder

Bill has attended Grace for about 36 years and has served as an elder approximately 16 years.

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He graduated from S.U.N.Y. at Farmingdale, New York, in 1976 and is currently serving as a pastor at Mission: Possible! Austin as the director of operations. He and his sweetheart, Shelley, were married in 1976, and they have been blessed with three children and seven grandchildren.

“My passion for all Christians and Grace Covenant Church is to know the reality of a joy-filled and abundant life realized only through the on-going redeeming grace of God. This includes the transformation of our minds and character as we apply the Truth of the Holy Scriptures. As we live Spirit-directed lives, our Lord is glorified, and His presence and work within us is a testimony to those that do not know Christ as Savior and King.”

Dan Walters
Dan Walters, Moderator

Dan began attending Grace in 2008 and has served for almost 8 years.

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He graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. Currently Dan is an executive coach for C12, the largest peer advisory group in the country for Christian CEOs and business owners. Prior to that he worked for Saudi Aramco for over 20 years in the Saudi Arabia where his children were born and grew up. Such an extended stay in a Muslim country was formative for his family because it helped to shape their identity as followers of Jesus Christ. Dan and Lynda dated in high school and have been married over four decades. They have been blessed with three children and six grandchildren.

“When Lynda and I first attended Grace, I told her that something is working at this church and that I would just like to get under the hood to see what it is — still trying to put my finger on that! God has richly poured out His favor on our church. I share Matt Cassidy’s vision and passion that he is just the pastor and that we are the ministers. The church’s role is to equip the saints for the work of ministry.”

Gerald Youngblood
Gerald Youngblood, Elder

Gerald has attended Grace since 1989 and has been an elder for six years.

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He graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1974. For the past fourteen years, he has owned a small high tech company, FlexRadio Systems. He is a recovering serial entrepreneur having started a number of businesses during his career. Gerald and his wife, Virginia, have been married for about four decades and have three children and six grandchildren.

“My vision is that we the people of Grace love Jesus in such a way that His Kingdom is established here and now. Jesus told us that the Kingdom is here now. That means that He is King in our homes, marriages, parenting, friendships, ministry, work and leisure.”

Matt Cassidy
Dr. Matt Cassidy, Senior Pastor & Elder

Matt is our primary Bible teacher on Sunday mornings and is in charge of the leadership and development of our Pastoral staff.

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He also serves as an elder and has been at Grace since November 1989. He has a Doctorate of Ministry from Talbot Seminary, a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies from the International School of Theology and a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas. Matt and his wife, Melinda, have three children.

Jorge Abrego, Elder

Bio and photo coming soon!